Bluestone National Scenic River

In A Nutshell

Operating Hours & Seasons

The park is open year round. Access via Pipestem Resort State Park is more difficult during November through April, when the aerial tram is not in operation. At present there is no National Park Service visitor center at Bluestone National Scenic River.


Bluestone National Scenic River is located in southeastern West Virginia and is best accessed via one of two West Virginia State Parks that lie at each end, Bluestone State Park to the north and Pipestem Resort State Park to the south. To reach these parks from I-64, take exit 139, then south on Rt. 20. Bluestone State Park is 15 miles and Pipestem is 22 miles. From I-77 take exit 14 to Rt.20 north. Pipestem is 14 miles and Bluestone is 22 miles. For more information contact the Sandstone Visitor Center of nearby New River Gorge National River.


These Adobe Acrobat files explain the process now in place to request permits and Commercial Use Authorizations for activities and events within the park. It is recommended that you download and read the General Permit Information first.

General Permit Information (66 Kb Acrobat File)

Commercial Use Authorization Application (81 Kb Acrobat File)

Special Use Permit Application (94 Kb Acrobat File)

Filming Permit Application (123 Kb Acrobat File)

Monthly Reporting Form (27 Kb Acrobat File)

For more information on park permits, contact

Sherri Clendenin: 304-465-6517

Park Headquarters: 304-465-0508

Fees & Reservations

There are no entrance fees. To access Bluestone National Scenic River from Pipestem Resort State Park, there is a fee for the tram ride from the rim to the river.